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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,002 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 107
Gots: 142 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

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Ratings: 1,002 | Reviews: 326 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very fragrant and pumkin-like, this is see-through yellow body with lots of lace. The carbonation is above average. The taste is primarily nutmeg and peppery, with less clove and ginger and so more enjoyable to me. Was great on winter night.Average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Liquid Solutions or Bottletrek or somewhere in OR and then shared by azagthoth. Possibly the highlight of the night, especially coming off that Sheaf Stout.

Pours a clear-ish orange color, small fluffy white head, not much lacing.

Aroma is spicy and pumpkiny. I catch cinnamon, ginger, and possibly clove. Real pumpkin meat smell, which is a nice change from the usual pumpkin beer.

Flavor is cinnamon, ginger, and clove in the aftertaste. Roasted pumpkin flavor as well. Complex and balanced for sure.

Medium body, medium/low CO2, balanced, very enjoyable.

t0rin0, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, roasted pumpkin seeds, and some subdued pumpkin pie spices. Taste is of bread-like malt, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, and a very nice balance of the typical pumpkin pie spices. This beer is not overpowering with the spices as others I have tried before. This beer has a crisp and prickly mouthfeel and goes down very smooth. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that doesn't beat you over the head with spices. This is in my top 3 pumpkin ales I have had thus far in my beer drinking "career".

UCLABrewN84, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

djrn2, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at our pumpkin beer tasting. Thanks to Pete for bringing this one.

Pours an orange copper color with a bit of haze. Smell brings loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. A bit of roasted pumpkin. The taste layers on the spice even more. A bit of toasted bread as well. Feel is strange, as the my entire palate is overcome with pumpkin spices. Drinks okay, but a bit lopsided in balance.

Thorpe429, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

nmann08, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some visible particles floating in suspension—these don't look like the yeast you may be accustomed to seeing in other ales but instead resemble small irregular pieces of flesh, possibly from the pumpkins. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving thin foam covering the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices are present in the nose, which also has some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness. The flavors of pumpkins and spices are subtle.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this pumpkin beer to be enjoyable because it didn't taste artificial and there was a nice balance between flavors of pumpkins and pumpkin spices.

metter98, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GRG1313, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pumpkiny amber color with a thick, foamy head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Lots of real pumpkin smell in this one, with the spice elements discreetly in the rear; it's the more subtle pie smells, too, such as brown sugar, mace and allspice; perhaps a touch of nutmeg

Taste: Opens with a solid pumpkin flavor, with the spices arriving by mid-palate, with perhaps just a nuance of chocolate, too; after the swallow, the pumpkin takes on a bit of a gingery flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice pumpkin, one of the best

Thanks, cannabanaceae, for the opportunity

brentk56, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Warmly glowing rustic orange-bronze with edges of ripe pumpkin. Night Owl is richer and classier looking than the usual garish, bright orange. The head looks good as well, with its contrasting shade of pastel orange and its firm refusal to deflate. The edges of the cap are beginning to resemble a pie crust with what looks like a series of thumb depressions around the entire circumference of the glass. Minimal lace is the only negative.

I was immediately impressed with the nose as soon as beer splashed into glass. That was nothing compared to my first, concentrated, up close and personal sniff. Without question, this ale has the most perfect freshly baked pumpkin pie-like aroma ever. It simply isn't possible for beer to smell more like the classic dessert than this one does. Actually, it's probably more brown sugary than pumpkin pie, but that only makes me love it all the more. Outstanding!

If only the flavor and the mouthfeel could have matched the one-of-a-kind nose, Night Owl would have been something truly special. That isn't to say, however, that it isn't one of the best pumpkin ales that I've ever had. Not surprisingly, it tastes like pumpkin pie, albeit one drizzled with caramel and brown sugar syrup. It's sweeter than most, but that's more than fine with me.

Spices take a back seat to actual pumpkin flavor. Most brewers try to get by with dumping a truckload of spices into the kettle to cover whatever flavor faults might be present. If done right (as this one is), keeping the cinnamon, nutmeg, et al in the background is the way to go. For the record, all of the usual suspects are present... the two mentioned above, as well as allspice, clove and ginger. It's hard to know what was gained by adding green and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Hop flavor is entirely absent, although the Horizon hops provide enough bitterness to keep the sweetness from becoming too candy-like and cloying. The biggest disappointment for me is the mouthfeel. It's far from light, but a more full, chewy mouthfeel would have put this beer into orbit and may have allowed it to be recognized as The King Of All Pumpkin Ales. The flavor demands, and deserves, more.

Even though the aroma is beyond amazing, I still have to give the slight nod to Smuttynose's version as the absolute best. I'm amazed at the quality of this beer and I'm becoming more so with every mouthful. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised since I love Elysian's IPA and ESB. If you like pumpkin ales and you have the chance to obtain Night Owl, you won't be sorry. Trust me.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

ygtbsm94, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Elysian Halloween spectacular. Split all three of these with multiple members of my family over the house on Halloween. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
 
The last of the trifecta for the evening, it was really fun going through all of these during the course of the day. Really just fun stuff. Poured out the lightest of the three with a hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice. Light drying of palate leaves a touch of light spice and the lightest hint of hops on the back of the tongue. Super drinkable, in fact out of the whole night I enjoyed this one the most out of all of them.
 
Overall a very solid light beer for the evening. Fit in very well with the rest of the lineup and I would have no problem at all with going after all three of these again. Great job from the boys up north.
 

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking clear copper color with nearly no head on top. There was just some scattered bubbles on top of this and no lacing. The smell of the beer was spicy very much autumn scented. The taste of the beer was pretty good, balanced between the malts and the spices. The mouthfeel was a little on the watery side in my opinion, it finished very dry also. Overall this beer was decent and I might drink it again one day but I wouldn't see myself running out to buy a case or anything next fall.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with small, scant white head.

Smell: Nicely aromatic pumpkin and crystal malt scent, with notes of ginger and spices.

Taste: Syrupy, sweet malt flavor with toasted pumpkins and that squasy/vegetal twang you always seem to find in these things. Spicy kick. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a toasty spiciness and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and, much to my dismay, some ginger.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty decent, the beer improves quite a bit upon warming.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike aka "garagekegger" for sharing his bomber tonight,very nice pumpkin colored deep somewhat hazy pour with a fluffy white head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settled.Very spicey aromas cinnamon and clove really stick out in the aromas more in the lines of apple pie but still appetizing.Seemed a bit thin in the mouthfeel department and a little fizzy but the flavors were nice not overly sweet the cinnamon and clove are there there is a decent pumpkin bite in there but the spice outweighs it.Not a bad pumpkin beer to be had flavorful if not a bit thin.

oberon, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. This offering obviously wasn't available when I spent a summer afternoon at the brewpub a few years ago, but today, while generally warm, was blustery enough to engender in me the desire for a well-wrought seasonal ale. Enter stage left.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of tightly foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decently chunky iceberg floe lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of rich, pungent, toasted pumpkin flesh, semi-sweet pie-crust caramel and pale malts, dark turbinado sugar, cinnamon buns, spicy nutmeg, ginger, and clove, a touch of black pepper to taste, and a subdued, perfunctory earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same - a big roasted pumpkin mash sweetness, brown sugar, gingerbread, spicy cinnamon and clove, earthy nutmeg, subtle white and black pepper dust, and some understated citrusy floral hops.

The bubbles are softly ebullient, gently frothy, and little more, the body a heady, enveloping medium weight, genuinely smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin and pastry-akin malt doing well to overshadow the heretofore show-stealing spices.

A rather pleasant, and fulfilling pumpkin ale, full stop. Though I'm at a bit of a loss as to what contribution the pumpkin seeds added to the mix, I'm sure it's there, in a dutiful supporting role, under the radar and all that. Everything else simply puts out beyond expectations, providing a stellar drinkability, one irrelevant to seasonal affectation (guilty!).

biboergosum, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mmm. wow yummy. this one pours a pumpkin pie orange with a jovial white bubbly foam and a nose of spice and vanilla. taste is sharp at first like a nip of bourbon, but mellows down to an earthy dryness, squashy. definitely made with fresh pumpkin, a residual sweetness maybe caramel or brown sugar? very very well balanced for a spiced beer, lowish abv makes this sessionable in the fall, but then again i say every beer is sessionable in the right setting... first try from this brewer and will seek out more, theyve got this one down. one of the better pumpkins ive had this season. the cheaper price makes it a go to for me this fall.

StonedTrippin, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jason, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

WVbeergeek, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery looking amber with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell white colored head. A pretty solid looking 1/2 finger of retention leaves a nice and sticky latticework of lace behind. The aroma is a lively smelling waft of pumpkin spices, pumpkin meat, floral hops, and a splash of citrus, with some other residual notes of sweetness behind it.

The taste is a tasty and well balanced blend of spicy and sweet tanginess, with spices, citrus, and pumpkin pie tasting sweetness delivering a tangy feel with a tingle of floral hop bitterness in the back to help even things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamier carbonation that possesses a bit of a sharp edge to the outside of it.

With was just a solid all-around Pumpkin Ale with well rounded flavors that really in popped in the mouth at times. This was definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales that I've had in the bottle.

Kegatron, Nov 30, 2008
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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.